If you have shopped for new appliances or HVAC equipment lately, you have probably seen the distinctive blue Energy Star label on many models lining the shelves. In fact, it may appear that a majority of equipment possesses this label, making it seem less important.
A better way to identify the top-performing equipment is to look for the Energy Star Most Efficient label. This is a new program that was launched in 2014 in order to certify only the top products in particular categories. Learn what it takes to earn the Energy Star Most Efficient label, then decide for yourself whether the higher initial investment might be worth the expected energy savings.
Furnaces and Boilers
The current minimum boiler and furnace efficiency allowed by law is 78 Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). This means they convert 78 percent of the oil or gas used to power them into usable heat for the home. Boilers and oil-fired furnaces qualify for the regular Energy Star label at 85 AFUE and gas furnaces must be 90 AFUE or higher.
Only exceptional furnaces and boilers earn the Energy Star Most Efficient label. They represent the leading edge in energy efficient technology. Most boilers with this label are rated at 95 AFUE and furnaces must be 97 AFUE or higher.
Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps
All newly manufactured central air conditioners and heat pumps must be rated at 13 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) or higher. Heat pumps have an additional heating efficiency rating, which must be at least 6.8 Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). Split system air conditioners and heat pumps qualify for the regular Energy Star label at 14.5 SEER (and 8.2 HSPF for heat pumps).
Incredibly efficient air conditioners and heat pumps earn the Energy Star Most Efficient label at 18 SEER (and 9.6 HSPF for heat pumps). Available units today have impressive SEER ratings in the mid 20s and HSPF ratings up to 13.
Please contact Comfort24-7.com today to learn more about finding equipment with the Energy Star Most Efficient label. We serve the Chicagoland area and residents in Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan.
Written by Randy Gailit